Santi Cazorla has gone back to Villarreal after nearly two years out with Achilles injury

Santi Cazorla says he is “forever grateful” for the help he has received after playing his first match for nearly two years and bringing his injury nightmare to an end.

The 33-year-old midfielder’s last appearance came in October 2016 for Arsenal in the Champions League against Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

He then undergo a serious Achilles injury, which kept him out of action for 21 months.

Cazorla’s spell on the sidelines was ended on Tuesday, though, when he came on as a substitute for Villarreal in their pre-season friendly against Hercules.

Following the match – which ended in a 1-1 draw – Cazorla posted on Instagram, saying: “Very delighted to go back to do what I like most.

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